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Arthur Schopenhauer Quotes and Quotations


Not to go to the theatre is like making one's toilet without a mirror.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Acting and the Theatre Quotes
We should comport ourselves with the masterpieces of art as with exalted personages - stand quietly before them and wait till they speak to us.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Art and the Artist Quotes
Any book which is at all important should be re-read immediately.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Books and Reading Quotes
Anti-intellectualism has long been the anti-Semitism of the business man.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Capitalism Quotes
The fly ought to be used as the symbol of impertinence and audacity; for whilst all other animals shun man more than anything else, and run away even before he comes near them, the fly lights upon his very nose.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Courage and Bravery Quotes
If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Greatness Quotes
Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Hatred Quotes
Fame is something which must be won; honour is something which must not be lost.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Honour Quotes
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Life Quotes
Money is human happiness in the abstract.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Money Quotes
A man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Ownership and Possession Quotes
(Politeness is) a tacit agreement that people's miserable defects, whether moral or intellectual, shall on either side be ignored and not be made the subject of reproach.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Politeness and Manners Quotes
Pride is the direct appreciation of oneself.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Pride Quotes
Reason deserves to be called a prophet; for in showing up the consequence and effect of our actions in the present, does it not tell us what the future will be?
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Reason Quotes
Necessity is the constant scourge of the lower classes, ennui of the higher ones.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Society and Social Quotes
Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Truth Quotes
The greatest intellectual capacities are only found in connection with a vehement and passionate will.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Will and Determination Quotes
The will is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Will and Determination Quotes
Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Will and Determination Quotes
In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theatre before the curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Youth Quotes
Gaiety alone, as it were, is the hard cash of happiness; everything else is just a promissory note.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Cheerfulness Quotes
Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Happiness Quotes
Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Happiness Quotes
The happiness of any given life is to be measured not by its joys and pleasures, but by the extent to which it has been free from suffering, from positive evil.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Forgiveness Quotes
Compassion is the basis of all morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Helping Other People Quotes
I observed once to Goethe ... that when a friend is with us we do not think the same of him as when he is away. He replied, "Yes! because the absent friend is yourself, and he exists only in your head; whereas the friend who is present has an individuality of his own, and moves according to laws of his own, which cannot always be in accordance with those which you form for yourself."
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Friendship Quotes
Pride ... is the direct appreciation of oneself.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Self-Confidence Quotes
Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral, and subject to chance.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Self-Reliance Quotes
Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | One Day Quotes
Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little death.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | One Day Quotes
Time is that in which all things pass away.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | One Day Quotes
Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little death.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Mornings Quotes
Do not shorten the morning by getting up late; look upon it as the quintessence of life, and to a certain extent sacred.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Mornings Quotes
Life to the great majority is only a constant struggle for mere existence, with the certainty of losing it at last.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Realistic Expectations Quotes
The fly ought to be used as the symbol of impertinence and audacity, for whilst all other animals shun man more than anything else, and run away even before he comes near them, the fly lights upon his very nose.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Courage Quotes
Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Recognize and Maximize Quotes
It is in trifles, and when he is off his guard, that a man best shows his character.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Time Quotes
To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Problems Quotes
The will is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Strong Quotes
The will is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Strong Quotes
The will is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Strong Quotes
The will is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Strong Quotes
The will is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Strong Quotes
The will is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Strong Quotes
The will is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Strong Quotes
The will is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer | Strong Quotes


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